I enjoyed a wonderful day with Mayumi visiting multiple temples and shrines around Kamakura. Despite the detailed itinerary, nothing was rushed and the day proceeded at a leisurely pace. Mayumi is warm and engaging and has an illuminating knowledge of Japanese history and culture.
Thank you for writing such a great review, Mark. I'm so impressed by your deep knowledge about Japanese culture and religious custom. I guess you learned the unique sense of balance of Japanese people while visiting the Seven Lucky Gods in Kamakura. Actually, more than 3 million people payed the first visit to Meiji-jingu Shrine, and almost the same number of people visited Narita-san-Shinshoji Temple during the New Year Days. Both Shinto and Buddhism have taken root so deeply in our daily lives since the ancient period that people are not conscious of religious sect, I guess. Of course I visited my local temple to pray for health and happiness of my family and friends. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity to visit other interesting shrines and temples with you. Thank you again for everything during the tour. See you!